Category: chickens

Here’s the Poop About our Chicken Event

Gaddy’s first ever annual Crazy Chicken Day is just around the corner.  Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 3rd from 1-3pm, then tell all your crazy chicken friends.  You don’t want to miss the inaugural event.  Here’s what is planned . . . so far:

-Rob Cunningham from Coyote Creek Organic farm will deliver two free classes.  From 1-2pm, he’ll talk about what you need to know to raise laying hens from newly hatched chicks.  Then from 2-3pm, Rob will cover topics related to established flock management. (Bring a folding chair for this event, if you don’t want to stand.)

-With super short notice, the Immanuel Lutheran Youth Group agreed to take their Chicken Poop Bingo game on the road and will hold three games during the event.  One game will be before Rob’s 1pm talk, the second will be before Rob’s 2pm talk, and the third will be after Rob’s talk–a bit after 3pm.  (We’re going to be pretty fluid on the times.)  Bingo tickets are $10 each and all proceeds will go to the group’s mission trip to Puerto Rico.  I still have donations coming in, but so far the prizes are pretty awesome. Prizes will be available for viewing at Gaddy’s starting March 1st.

Saori Weaving demonstration by Sarah Gaddy Dauro.  Sarah, my talented sister-in-law, owns a Saori Weaving Studio in Belton.  If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand a weaving or even if you’d just like to spend a relaxing day creating, I encourage you to take a class.  I did and it was like fiber therapy–plus at the end of the day you have a beautiful piece of fabric.

-A representative from Zignature pet food will be here with coupons and free samples.

-T-Shirt door prizes from Gaddy’s.

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-Posters, hats, shirts door prizes from Ideal Poultry.

-Chicks for sale (including some Bantums for this time).

-Sample some of Pflugerville’s best salsa from Beba’s Salsa

-I’ll have information available about Jessica from Reynolds Roost.  Jessica raises Easter Eggers, Cream Legbars and a couple other breeds.  Jessica also sells hatching eggs, but you might need to get on a waiting list for her specialty eggs.

If you have any questions, please give me a call at Gaddy’s  512-251-4428, Kim

 

 

 

 

DIY Chick Brooder

It starts to feel like spring really is just around the corner when the young chicks arrive at our store.  The first batch of chicks came in the mail this Thursday.  We have Barred Rocks, Golden Sex Links and Black Australorps.  (All the Ameraucanas already found new homes.)  Plus we expect new chick deliveries every two weeks until April.

Mark, Zaki and I set up a little display of a small chick brooder you could make at home.  We even made a short video of the process.

If you’re interested in learning more about raising chicks, or if you already have a backyard flock and want to talk chickens with an expert, you’re invited to our first ever Chick Day on Saturday March 3rd.  Rob Cunningham from Coyote Creek Organic Farm will be here from 1-3pm to talk chickens.  He’s even going to give away some door prizes.  The only cost for this event is we’re asking you to bring your own chair.  We’ve got plenty of space in the back, just not plenty of seating.

Free Chick Event

For a long time, I’ve wanted to host some sort of educational event about raising chickens at Gaddy’s, but I’ve never been organized enough to make the idea a reality during the busy spring months.  This year, Ron Cunningham from Coyote Creek Organic Farm has come to my aid.  Ron has graciously agreed to come out to Gaddy’s and teach a couple of short chicken classes for us on March 3rd.  He’s doing the ‘beginner’ class from 1-2pm.  In this class Ron will talk about what you need to raise chicks.  It’s a great class if you have new chicks or are thinking about getting some.  The second class, from 2:15-3:15pm, will focus on things helpful to know when managing mature layers in a backyard setting.  Come to one or  both classes.  It’s a free event.  We’ll even have some feed and door prizes to give away.  The only catch is–please bring your own lawn chair or folding chair.  We have plenty of space, just not plenty of chairs.

Fall Chicks Arrive Next Week

The first chicks of the Fall season are expected next Thursday, September 7th.  We should receive Black Australorp, Buff Orpington, and Ameraucana chicks.  As usual, we order pullets (all females) but please note–there is a 95% accuracy rate when sexing chicks, so roosters do sometimes happen.  Please call or email Kim if you have any questions.

Picking up Chicks

Mark and I picked up the first order of chicks today.  Here’s what happens when we get chicks.  First, we get a call from the post office early in the morning.  Then we leave home early to get to the post office before the store opens at 8 am.

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We knock on the door at the pick up window.  Usually the post office staff are ready for us.  We can hear the chicks from outside the pick up door.

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Aren’t they cute?

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We put the chicks in the preheated brooder at the feed store.  Food and water are waiting for them.  It’s important that the chicks get quick access to food and water after their long journey.

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Poultry Breeds Profile Chart

I’ll have the chick brooder cleaned and sanitized before I leave the store today.  We are expecting our first round of chicks on Thursday here at Gaddy’s.  We will have three different types of chicks arriving almost every week during the spring.  To see what’s expected click the  ‘chicken’ tab on the menu above.  I have also compiled a chart showing the characteristics of the breeds we have booked.  To download a copy click here:  poultry-breed-profile-chart

Chicken Feed

Twenty years ago we sold four different Purina chicken feeds–starter, layer, scratch and broiler feed.  I’m glad to report that today Gaddy’s offers a much wider variety of chicken feed.  Here is a brief overview of what we carry.  Click the link below for a easy to read pdf table of available chicken feeds.

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Texas Natural Feeds.  Located out of Elm Mott, Texas, Texas Natural Feeds produces a quality line of non-soy, non-GMO feed using peanut meal, sorghum grains, oats, brewer’s yeast, fishmeal, probiotics, diatomaceous earth and a vitamin/mineral premix.  Texas Natural Feeds boasts a 50% increase in vitamin content over standard commercially-grown feeds.

Texas Natural Feeds Scratch.  4# bags.  50# bags.  Ingredients:  wheat, grain sorghum, oats, trapper peas, and black sunflower oil seeds.

Texas Natural Feeds Chick Starter.  4# bags.  50# bags.  This is a complete feed with 20% protein recommended for layer-type chicks up to 10 weeks of age.

Texas Natural Feeds Pullet Grower.  50# bags.  This complete feed with 18% protein is formulated to nourish your flock after they are finished with the starter (around 10 weeks of age) until they lay their first egg.

Texas Natural Feeds Layer Pellets and Crumbles.  50# bags.  This is a complete feed with 18% protein recommended for laying birds throughout egg production.

Texas Natural Feeds Layer Pellets Elite Formula.  50# bags.  This elite 18% protein feed contains fishmeal organic alfalfa meal, organic kelp meal, Redmond’s natural salt and Fertrell’s Nutri-Balancer.

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Bluebonnet Feeds. 50# bags.  Scratch.  Ingredients:  steel cut corn chaps, whole wheat, whole milo.  9% protein.  Grain is triple cleaned and polished.

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Purina Feeds.  Gaddy’s is proud to have been a Purina Dealer for over 30 years.  The majority of our Purina Feeds come out of the Purina plant in Gonzales, Texas.  Purina delivers a consistent quality backed by a tradition of research in animal health sciences.  Purina also has excellent web resources for backyard birders.

Purina Scratch.  4# bags.  25# bags.

Purina Chick Starter.  4# bags.  25# bags.  50# bags.  This 18% protein feed has everything your chick needs up until they lay their first egg around 18 weeks of age.  This feed is medicated to aid in the prevention of coccidiosis and should not be fed to ducks and geese.  Gaddy’s also carries non-medicated chick starter feeds and feeds appropriate for ducks and geese.start and grow medicated.jpg

Purina Layer Crumbles.  4# bags.  50# bags.  This 16% protein feed is specially formulated for laying birds.  It is non-medicated and contains oyster shell and vitamin D and manganese to ensure an adequate calcium supply for egg production.

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Purina Layer Pellets.  4# bags.  25# bags.  50# bags.  This is the same formulation as the Layer Crumbles in pelletized form.  Chickens tend to waste less feed when eating pellets, however birds often take a while to get used to the pellets after eating crumbles.  We recommend mixing the pellets with the crumbles for a bit to help the birds transition to a pellet feed from a crumble.

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Purina Flock Raiser Crumbles. 4# bags.  50# bags.  This is an excellent all purpose type poultry feed.  It is a 20% protein complete feed with no preservatives, antibiotics or animal by product fillers added.  It can be fed to ducks, geese, turkeys, broilers and mixed flocks.  It can also be used as a non-medicated chick grower feed.

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